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Capturing Reality TV in Vegas with DPA

Las Vegas-based production sound mixer Rado Stefanov, whose primary line of work is reality-style television, reaches for DPA Microphones when he has to step into the boxing ring.
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Las Vegas, NV (August 9, 2016)—Las Vegas-based production sound mixer Rado Stefanov, whose primary line of work is reality-style television, reaches for DPA Microphones when he has to step into the boxing ring.

Stefanov’s reality show and scripted production credits include Pawn Stars, Counting Cars and Deadly Possessions. He also works on documentaries for Vice, HBO, UFC, FOX Sports 1 and Showtime boxing.

Working with fighters requires dialogue capture while moving through a multitude of uncommon filming conditions. As one of the first to push for and beta-test the company’s d:screet Slim Microphone, Stefanov turned to the mic for his various projects. “I feel confident miking fighters in the ring thanks to DPA’s plastic concealer for the d:screet Slim,” says Stefanov. “It protects the mic from damage and expedites my miking process.”

Another feature Stefanov appreciates the d:screet Slim and other DPA bodyworn microphones when working in noisy Las Vegas locations. “Many producers will say they prefer to use boom microphones as opposed to lavaliers, but what they don’t realize is the bodyworn mics from DPA will always sound better than booms when used in noisy, uncontrolled locations,” adds Stefanov. “As far as sound quality is concerned, all the DPA miniature microphones produce sound quality that is on par with traditional booms, while also reducing background noise.”

For Stefanov, his work in reality and documentary productions makes him especially drawn to miniature microphones. “I don’t like to use boom microphones in busy areas, like Las Vegas,” he says. “I don’t want to attract attention by waving a boom up in the air. Also, it is better for the cameras because you’re not in the frame all of the time. You can move freely and can also be on the sides of the shot without attracting any attention.”

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